The Vendor Evaluation and Scoring Team (VEST), along with teams of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) have converged on Bellevue College for the first week of vendor demonstrations for ctcLink (our new, system-wide integrated information software system).
Of the three finalists, Oracle is on deck this week, sharing its own (Oracle PeopleSoft) suite of administrative software products, along with their team’s overall project implementation plan.
“It’s great to be at this stage of ctcLink where we can actually see what a new software solution is going to mean—on the ground—for our students, our staff, and our system as a whole,” said Lisa Matye Edwards, VEST member and VP for Student Success at LCC. “It will be a long process of change, but well worth it in the long run. Processes that are currently manual and very time consuming will be streamlined, allowing us to focus more of our time and energy on students and their success.”
The demonstrations were also opened up to CTC and SBCTC staff who wanted to watch the demos via streaming video from their campus. At times, there were nearly 200 separate visits to the video stream at once. While that amount of participation was great news to the ctcLink project team and the VEST/SME teams, that much traffic at once to the live video caused problems for viewers.
“I know it was frustrating for those of you out there trying to watch the demos on your campus,” said Barbara Martin, ctcLink Project Director. “We truly appreciate your time and interest and–where it’s possible and there’s enough interest–we’ve suggested colleges set up demo viewing rooms to cut back on the number of individual logins.”
“A big thank you to Bellevue College for hosting the demonstrations,” she added. “They’ve done an excellent job of troubleshooting all the issues–big and small–that we’ve encountered along the way.”
More opportunities to watch the demos!
- Next week’s vendor, Ciber, is also proposing the Oracle/PeopleSoft software suite so we can expect the very same software demonstration next week for the Student, Finance and HR/Payroll modules
- All sessions are being recorded and will be available to watch later. We’ll get links to the recordings to all the ctcLink College Teams for distribution on campus.